From Bishop go south on hwy. 395 15 miles to Big Pine. Turn left on hwy 168 before entering the small town of Big Pine. Look for the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest sign on the left and turn here. Camp in Grandview campground. There are other places to camp, but not toilets. In fact there is no water anywhere so bring plenty. The Schulman Grove visitor center has water and toilets. The hiking trails begin near here.
f22, 1/4 sec @ 16mm ISO 50 7/04/13 19:24
Hiking in the Schulman Grove of the Bristlecone Pine Forest I encountered this snarled tree that appeared to have been hit by lightning. The background showed signs of a storm forming up in the direction of Nevada. As can be seen, this tree does not have much base support, yet is standing straight as if by some miracle it was held erect?